what are some natural remedies for period cramps?

i dont take pills, at all, and i want to know what some natural things i can eat are that will help with cramps. i know bananas help, but they dont always help me. i have also tried cinnamon tea… didnt work at all…. help!
1) i am afriad of doctors and hospitals
2) i need to know about something i can do, like, before school. cuz i cant exactly take a cat to school and just lay down with it in the middle of the day…

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  • If you are experiencing symptoms of menstrual cramps, it’s important to see your doctor to be properly diagnosed. Although certain natural remedies show some promise, there hasn’t been enough research at this point to conclude they’re effective. Here are some of the more popular natural remedies for menstrual cramps.

    * Omega-3 Fatty Acids
    Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies. They are also available in fish oil capsules, which may be the preferable form because many brands filter out any pollutants in fish, such as mercury and PCBs.

    At least eight studies involving a total of 1,097 women have investigated the relationship between diet and menstrual cramps and have found that fish oil intake seemed to have a positive effect on menstrual cramps.

    Animal studies suggest that the two compounds in fish oil, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may decrease prostaglandin levels.

    In one small study, 21 young women took fish oil (containing 1080 milligrams eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), 720 milligrams docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and 1.5 milligrams vitamin E) daily for two months followed by a placebo pill for two months. Another 21 young women took the placebo for two months followed by fish oil for two months. The results suggested that the women experienced significantly less menstrual cramps when they were taking the fish oil.

    Fish oil capsules are sold in drug stores, health food stores, and online. Look for the active ingredients EPA and DHA on the label.

    Fish oil capsules may interact with blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin (Coumadin) and aspirin. Side effects may include indigestion and bleeding. To reduce a fishy aftertaste, it should be taken just before meals.

    * Magnesium
    Magnesium is a mineral found naturally in foods such as green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. It is also available as nutritional supplements. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions. It helps to regulate blood sugar levels and is needed for normal muscle and nerve function, heart rhythm, immune function, blood pressure, and for bone health.

    In 2001, researchers with the Cochrane Collaboration reviewed three small studies that compared magnesium and a placebo for dysmenorrhea. Overall, they found that magnesium was more effective than placebo for pain relief and the need for additional medication was less with magnesium use.

    In the studies, there was no significant difference in the number of side effects or adverse effects between the magnesium and the placebo.

    High doses of magnesium may cause diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite, muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, irregular heart rate, and confusion. It can interact with certain medications, such as those for osteoporosis, high blood pressure (calcium channel blockers), as well as some antibiotics, muscle relaxants, and diuretics.

    * Acupressure
    Acupressure is a traditional healing practice that is based on the same principles as acupuncture. Instead of applying needles to acupuncture points, pressure is applied

    A point that is often recommended by acupuncturists for menstrual cramps is called Spleen 6. Although there are only preliminary studies on acupressure for menstrual cramps, it is a simple home remedy that is often recommended by alternative practitioners.

    To find the point, acupuncturists suggest feeling the bony point of the inner ankle. From that point, draw an imaginary line up the lower calf from the inner ankle. The point is approximately four finger widths from the inner ankle. It isn’t on the shin bone, but just beside it towards the back of the calf.

    With your thumb or middle finger at a 90 degree angle to the skin, apply gradually increasing pressure. Hold for three minutes. The pressure should not be painful or uncomfortable.

    Acupressure to the Spleen 6 point should not be done if you are pregnant. It should also not be done over broken or infected skin.

    * Other Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps
    – Low-fat diet
    – Vitamin E
    – Vitamin B1
    – Heat (such as a heat pack, warm bath/shower)
    – Crampbark
    – Fennel
    – Aromatherapy
    – Massage
    – Calcium
    – Chiropractic
    – Exercise

    Hope this helps. Good luck 🙂

  • Believe it or not, masturbating can relieve cramps.

  • You may want to try going to a naturopathic doctor. I heard of some other girls on the internet that said they went to one and had amazing results. Whatever it is that those doctors do works because it just naturally takes your cramps away. I have severe menstrual cramps and I’m going to try that too. Good luck!

  • well.. you can try bananas and pickles(or pickle juice) or.. if you have the time.. take a rice bag and warm it up in the microwave.. after that.. lay it on your lower abdomen… and.. i was at the doctor for some things.. and they told me that if you have your cat lay on your stomach.. then.. if will take them away!! something about the warmth!

  • Lady Curiosity

    Masturbation….or exercise like sit-ups…